IT is estimated that Kodi is being used in over three million homes across the UK with more than half streaming content from illegal third-party add-ons.
The so-called Kodi crackdown shows no sign of slowing and with more internet service providers (ISP) joining forces to combat online piracy, it’s time for a clean out.
You may even have been watching TV, sports and movies illegally – without realising it.
How do I get rid of dodgy add-ons?
To start, you’ll need to look at the various add-ons you have installed on your Kodi player. Where legal challenges have been made, you’ll find that add-ons involved have stopped working. It doesn’t matter whether you run Kodi on an Android-based TV box, an Amazon Fire Stick, a desktop, Tablet, Smartphone or laptop – you don’t want these add-ons any longer.
Be warned – this isn’t a quick task.
You’ll need to boot your Kodi device, and run through every single add-on to confirm whether it works or not. And if it does work, check that it is offering content legally.
Here’s a clue: if movies and TV shows are being streamed and you’re not paying for them, you should uninstall the add-on.
To uninstall an unwanted Kodi add-on, browse to Add-ons > My Add-ons menu and select the add-on to remove.
In the next screen, find the Uninstall button, and click or tap it. Confirm your decision and wait for the add-on to be removed.
How to find official and legal add-ons
If you’ve got anything left over, it’s probably things like YouTube, or some podcast channels. Yo’re now on the right track to using Kodi without attracting any unwanted attention from the law.
The vast majority of add-ons that you can trust to deliver legally-sourced content can be found in the official Kodi Add-on repository. A comprehensive list can be found in the Kodi wiki page.
Here’s a few to get you started:
USTVNow (valid subscription required)
ESPN 3 (valid subscription required)
Plex for Kodi (Plex Pass required)
These can be found in My Add-ons > Add-on Repository, where the Kodi Add-on repository should be enabled. Once you’ve done this, you’ll have access to the full selection of safe add-ons via Add-ons > Download > Video add-ons (and other categories too).
Kodi is an excellent, free media player – no matter how you use it
The free-for-all is over.
It really is the end of an era — but that doesn’t mean that it is the end of Kodi. Everything you need to enjoy video and audio content (TV, movies, your music collection, podcasts, and even photos) is built into Kodi.